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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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APRIL 23, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KANSAS MAN RECEIVES LONGER PRISON TERM FOR

ATTEMPTING TO ENTICE A MINOR FOR SEX


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Lawrence, Kan., man received a longer prison term at a resentencing hearing in federal court today for attempting to entice a 14-year-old girl to engage in illicit sexual activity.


            Tyler M. Leach, 26, of Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this afternoon to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Leach had previously been sentenced to six years in federal prison, but the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated that sentence on the government’s appeal and remanded the case for resentencing.


            On July 29, 2005, Leach pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor for sex. Leach admitted that on March 8, 2005, he initiated a conversation in an Internet chat room with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. In reality, Leach was communicating with an undercover agent in the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force. At that time, Leach was on bond and awaiting sentencing following his guilty plea to attempted aggravated criminal sodomy involving a 13-year-old girl in Topeka, Kan. Leach has not yet been sentenced in that Kansas case.


            During the online conversation with the undercover FBI agent, Leach asked several questions regarding the girl’s experience with different sexual acts and asked if she would like him to come see her and “catch her up on her sex life.” The next day Leach contacted the undercover agent via instant message and made arrangements to travel to her home after his classes at Johnson County Community College but before her parents arrived home from work. Leach also sent her an e-mail directing her to “wear something cute and sexy for me.”


            On March 10, 2005, Leach arrived at the address provided by the undercover agent and was arrested. In a search of Leach’s vehicle, law enforcement officers found a list of Web sites, many with titles that indicate an interest in underage females. They also found screen names and information about other individuals, including two 12-year-old girls Leach met on-line.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cynthia L. Cordes and Phil M. Koppe. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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